The White House has reached out to several former Trump administration officials to ask for their resignations from various advisory boards to which former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE appointed them at the end of his term.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Rocky US alliances as Biden heads to UN assembly Five things to watch as Biden heads to the UN Biden to get COVID-19 booster on camera once fully approved MORE confirmed to reporters at a briefing that officials asked for Trump appointees to resign from the advisory boards for the Air Force Academy, West Point and the Naval Academy, positions that come with multiyear terms and typically span across administrations.
Trump, in his final weeks in office, stocked the advisory boards with loyalists such as former counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE, former press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE, former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiBiden White House moves to oust Trump appointees from advisory boards Trump budget chief refuses to resign from Naval Academy board Trump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff MORE and former budget director Russell Vought.
"The president’s objective is what any president’s objective is, which is to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with your values," Psaki said. "And so yes that was an ask that was made."
"I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to service on these boards, but the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration," she continued. "They are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you're aligned with the values of this administration."
Vought, who was appointed to the Naval Academy advisory board, tweeted a letter he received Wednesday from Cathy RussellCathy RussellMORE, the director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, asking him to resign or have his position terminated later in the day.
“No,” Vought responded in a tweet. "It’s a three year term."
Conway, who was one of Trump's most visible aides throughout his presidency and was appointed to the Air Force Academy advisory board, wrote in response to the White House's request that efforts to remove numerous Trump appointees were "petty and political, if not personal."
"I'm not resigning, but you should," Conway wrote.
President BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE, I'm not resigning, but you should. pic.twitter.com/HuRYM4bLYP— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 8, 2021
Meaghan Mobbs, a Trump appointee to the West Point board and an Afghanistan veteran, tweeted that every individual previously tapped for that board was asked to resign, a move she called "unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern."
The wave of resignation requests is the latest effort from the Biden administration to purge itself of Trump officials, even from positions that are largely advisory.
Biden's Defense secretary, Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Rocky US alliances as Biden heads to UN assembly Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol Capitol Police swear in state, local law enforcement ahead of 'Justice for J6' rally MORE, in early February ousted hundreds of members from the Pentagon's advisory committees, removing last-minute appointees by the Trump administration who included Lewandowski and former campaign adviser David Bossie.
Updated at 5 p.m.